The Council “Conclusions on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – a strategic approach” promptly remind that the preparations for, and response to, health risks in the EU falls within the competence of the Member States. However, some key issues are outlined:
- Availability of vaccines – the Conclusions encourage bundling of tender notices for those Member States with no current or with partial agreements with manufacturers (Bulgaria considers participating in such a bundle with the Baltic states and Malta);
- Vaccination strategy – the document urges the vaccination of priority groups;
- Information and communication to the public – the Conclusions recommend agreements among Member States on common key strategic lines of communication on important issues;
- Multi-sectoral pandemic preparedness – some priority sectors’ preparedness should be reviewed in the information and telecommunication, transport and energy sectors.